I am looking for a software that will let me record my voice and create a video with visualizer (correct me if my choice of words is wrong) that is sensitive to my voice like TV professionals show on screen when they do not have a video footage to go with it. A wave that moves up and down when the person is speaking and comes to rest when there's no audio activity.

Here's an example of what I want as the end product (see how it's jumps only when the music is playing):


but a lot more formal and preferably in the form of waves.

I'd like the piece of software to be able to take in sound in the form of a .aac or .mp3, and output the video in .avi, .mp4, or .avi. I'm quite flexible with the format, though, and I'm happy to convert files between formats.

I use Windows, OS X, and Linux, so OS isn't really a problem.

  • We'll need quite a bit more information to provide a solid recommendation - what OS are you using? What type of audio file do you have? What format should the output be in?
    – user46
    Commented Apr 14, 2014 at 16:26
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    I use Linux, Windows and Mac so OS isn't an issue for me as long as the s/w is close to perfect. My audio file will be in mp3 or wav format (I do not mind converting). Ideally, I would like a software that will capture my voice and output a video with visualization. Please let me know if anything else is ambiguous. Cheers
    – Anon
    Commented Apr 14, 2014 at 16:56
  • If this question is clear enough, can you please remove put it off hold? It tells me - "As it's currently written, it’s hard to tell exactly what you're asking." Why is it so hard to tell what I am asking?
    – Anon
    Commented Apr 15, 2014 at 1:44
  • I have even provided an example of what a visualizer is.
    – Anon
    Commented Apr 15, 2014 at 1:46
  • You're almost there. What format. (wav, mp3, etc.) do you want to put in to the app, and what format do you want out (mov, mp4, etc.)? Once you answer those questions, I think we can reopen it.
    – user46
    Commented Apr 15, 2014 at 3:27

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Spectrum3D runs on Ubuntu and can analyze an audio file or microphone input in real time. Unfortunately it doesn't support video recording so you'll have to use a screen recorder. I recommend Kazam.

Here is a screenshot of Spectrum3D from its official site:

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  • I did not wanted to use screen recorder + media player combination and have kept that as my last resort if I can not find a specific software that allows me to do this.
    – Anon
    Commented Apr 20, 2014 at 9:15
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    @vDog Adobe AfterEffects should work youtube.com/watch?v=VuAEJRHQKug
    – Cornelius
    Commented Apr 21, 2014 at 14:39
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    TY for that. Unfortunately it takes too long to render. That 3 minute song took 4.5hrs to render. My projects range from 5 - 20 minutes so still looking for a better alternative.
    – Anon
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 23:53

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